I don’t deny that Bucknell does a nice job but I have a few points.
1.)Much depends on who you know. The fact that Jay Wright played for Bucknell certainly opened the Villanova door. I know we had the opportunity to play Duke a couple of times at Cameron over the years. I’m fairly sure that it was a case of one former quarterback helping another.
2.)Wake Forest was the grand opening of Stojke, was it not and if my memory serves me correctly, there was a very bif Bucknell connection there too.
3.) Penn State is not as big of a catch as you might think. We had them on the schedule for years in the past. I attended a game at the Bryce Jordan Center recently and there were echos.
4.)And perhaps the biggest, I’ve been told that there are guarantees required for all of these games. If we only drew 2,500 for St. Joes, we may have possibly lost money on it. I know it’s the chicken or the egg situation but I think 1st you need to draw a steady crowd like Bucknell before you can draw the competition you are looking for.
Consequently, I like the OOC schedule Joe put together last year with Mich. St., Iowa St. and St. John’s. the competition was excellent and the guarantees were likely substantial.